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ELAPID SNAKES - Elapidae Cobras Coral Snakes

SEA SNAKES - Hydrophiinae Laticaudidae Sea Kraits

FILE SNAKES - Acrochordidae

BLIND SNAKES - Worm Snakes - Typhlopidae Ramphotyphlops

TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines

DRAGON LIZARDS Agamas Agamidae

GECKO LIZARDS Gekkonidae

LEGLESS LIZARDS Pygopodidae Pygopods

MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

SKINK LIZARDS Scincidae

CROCODILES Crocodylia Crocodilia Saltwater freshwater estuarine


ALPINE SHE-OAK SKINK
Cyclodomorphus praealtus
Found in the border area between NSW and Victoria away from the coast in Alpine areas



Distribution of the Alpine She-oak Skink Cyclodomorphus praealtus is shown in BLUE

THERE ARE 3 SPECIES OF SHE-OAK SKINK THAT ARE LISTED BELOW

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

DISTRIBUTION

Tasmanian She-oak Skink

Cyclodomorphus casuarina

Tas

Mainland She-oak Skink

Cyclodomorphus michaeli (was casuarina)

NSW, Vic

Alpine She-oak Skink

Cyclodomorphus praealtus (was casuarina)

NSW, Vic

All 3 of the above species are very similar and were all called Cyclodomorphus casuarinae



The Alpine She-oak Skink Cyclodomorphus praealtus superficially resembles the other species of She-oak Skinks in the photos below



Photo above is of a Mainland She-oak Skink
Cyclodomorphus michaeli
from the Sydney region.

She-oak skinks are particularly fond of slugs and snails. They are often mistaken for snakes as they often move with their legs folded along the side of their body and will rear up like a snake flickering their tongue (which is broader than a snakes tongue)

She-oak skinks vary considerably in pattern, and may have banding on the neck, and/or dark head markings

Tasmanian She-oak Skink Cyclodomorphus casuarinae
Tasmanian She-oak Skink Cyclodomorphus casuarinae
captive animal

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